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The minimum amount of benefit paid is 50 pence per week.
You may be able to get help with the shortfall in your rent in certain circumstances; this is known as a Discretionary Housing Payment.
If you don't claim these other benefits you should complete a housing benefit claim form.
These are available from our offices, phone the Telephone Claim Line, or fill in our online form.
You can only have it paid to your landlord in certain circumstances, if: How soon will I be paid?
If your Housing Benefit is worked out using Local Housing Allowance, you can get the Local Housing Allowance rate for your needs or your actual rent (whichever is lower) less any deductions we make for other adults living with you.
Housing Benefit for tenants in exempt accommodation is based on the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) valuation of a reasonable rent.
Housing Benefit helps people on low incomes with the cost of their rent and is paid by the local council.
If you claim income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support, or income related Employment and Support Allowance or Pension Credit the Department for Work and Pensions will normally tell us and you don't need to claim separately.
If you rent from a private landlord we usually pay housing benefit directly into your bank or building society account every four weeks.
If you do not have one, see our leaflet, "A Guide to Basic Bank Accounts", for further help.